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to this president, size matters and winning is how he sizes himself up. >> please, mr. president, we don't want to win any more. >> jeannie moos, cnn. >> you're driving us crazy! >> new york. >> hello to you. top of the hour. you're live in the cnn newsroom. thank you for being us with on a sunday. a relatively calm sunday so far for donald trump white house. the battle changes in a few hours. start of a critical week of international diplomacy and big set for the possible spilling of that seat for the supreme court. in a few days, the president of china pays his first visit to the u.s. under the trump administration. trade, jobs, and north carolina dominating the two leaders' agenda. today in an interview, president trump makes a declaration about north korea that he says applies whether china is onboard or not. we'll have more on that in just a moment. but tomorrow, that's when a
senate committee decides whether to advance judge neil gorsich's nomination to the full senate. whether there are enough votes to confirm him is still unknown. our capital is laser focused on the drip, drip, drip of that investigation into allegations ka lugs between the trump campaign and operatives. donald trump pressuring china today. he told the financial time if, china not going to solve north korea, we will. this comes just five days before he sits down with the leader of china at his florida resort. plus, new signs today that president trump may be taking another crack at an obamacare repeal. he played golf today with the republican who opposed his health care plan on first go around. i want to bring in cnn's reporters at the white house. and we have matt rivers in beijing. let's start with golf and talk about what happened there on the links and the health care talk.
>> yeah. anna, this was an interesting decision by the white house to actually tell us that donald trump was on the golf course. so we know when he actually goes to golf courses. but his aides are often reluctant to tell us whether or not the president actually played golf. today they told us did he play golf. he did play golf with senator rand paul of kentucky which you mention was a fierce opponent of the original proposal to repeal and replace obamacare, also a budget director was on with the three -- this golfing outing. and rand paul spoke to reporters very briefly after that golf outing. this is what he had to say about the conversation about health care. >> we had a great day with the president today. we did talk about some health care reform. i think the sides are getting closer and closer together. i remain very optimistic that we will get a repeal. >> that's important because rand paul was one of if not the biggest critics of the original plan that ended up not even
making it to the house floor so the suggestion that perhaps there's been some movement there could be a positive sign for the white house. and the president himself echoing rand paul's comments in a tweet earlier to day. he said talks on replacing and repealing obamacare are and have been going on and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck. so this white house continues to talk about health care when originally they talked about moving away for the time being to talk about other things like tax reform and infrastructure and, of course, as you mentioned, ahead of a big week where they have a supreme court nomination and also this big meeting with the president of china. anna? >> brian, thank you. i want to bring in matt rivers now in beijing to talk more about that upcoming meeting. china's president visits the white house. he'll meet face-to-face with president trump for first time. and today the president in short said the u.s. is going to take on north korea with or without china. what's the reaction there?
>> when government officials get up here in beijing in just a few hours from now and react, i think you're going to hear a very consistent policy position from the chinese that has been their position for well over a decade now. and that chinese, they think the only way to solve the on going crisis in the korean peninsula is through getting back to the negotiating table. either under the kind of framework during the six party talks that ultimately failed in the mid 2000s or direct negotiations between the united states and the kim jong-un regime. that is the only way to solve this crisis in a lasting and peaceful way. now the trump administration, of course, said that it should be china that should be doing more to solve this crisis. china should be using the economic leverage chf it has a lot of over north korea to force pyongyang to halt the weapons development. those are two very differing opinion from both sides. the united states and china will certainly come up when president trump meets with chinese
president in florida for the first time. i think it's fair to say that north korea will be at the very top of the agenda given how tense the situation is right now in this part of the world. >> and the white house saying north korea is the biggest threat right now to this nation. ryan noble, matt rivers, thank you. let's discuss further with cnn se senior political analyst. david, always great to you have on. first your reaction to trump's go it alone comment on top of those tweets earlier this week in which he said this meeting is going to be difficult. what kind of tone are you setting for this week's big meeting? >> oh, i think he's trying to set a foundation that he's going to be tough in these talks. there is a possibility, anna, that the two sides could strike a major bargain, a major deal. the united states and the trump administration is urgent to get the north koreans to stop building missile system that could hit los angeles.
and they want -- they want and think the chinese with much more muscular sanctions could help bring that about. they do not want to get this through negotiations. secretary of state tillerson said when he went to asia time for patient diplomacy is over. the time for negotiations is over and so the trump team has a very clear object whiive with c. and china wants to avoid a trade war with the united states. you remember president trump was promising a 45% tariff on imports from china coming into the united states. now he's not going to do that. but actually, it's very unclear what the u.s. position is within the administration. there is a fight going on in the administration over what trade policy ought to be. it hasn't been resolved yet. so it's not at all clear they can come up with the deal. you can see the making of the deal. >> and, in fact, just this week the president did issue some executive orders on trade, looking into trade abuses as they put it. you talk about this deal.
it's funny. that financial times article that we referenced earlier, there was also this quote in which he says i would not be at all surprised if we did something that would be very dramatic and good for both countries. and i hope so. so perhaps a little bit of foreshadowing of a deal. what kind of a deal do you think though that china might agree to? >> the chinese are tough bargainers. they're very smart about the diplomacy. they're a lot better over it over time. you notice how they approached the trump administration. they've been going through jared kushner. they've had a very strong built -- built a very strong relationship with the son-in-law. and he apparently is -- >> kushner instead of tillerson? >> why do you think kushner shan is handling china versus tillerson? >> i imagine secretary tillerson wonders the same thing. listen, it's very odd. we never had this before.
that a member of the presidential family has been assigned not only large responsibilities for china, but most important bilateral relationship that united states has but is also charged with finding peace in the middle east. so 37-year-old was out experience but very close to the president. so i think that explains it. i do think from the state department's point of view, from the point of view from professional diplomats, it's very disconcerting to have the state department not only for marginalize in a lot of this but facing a prospect of a severe budget cut and so those things are tough. i think one thing if i might add on a lighter note, you know, i think people raise a question of why is the president of the united states holding a summit conference with president xi in all places florida? >> right. because xi has basically said golf is not a good thing. and -- >> exactly.
that's right. and it's also go to a golf course because in china, you know, golf is considered a millionaire's game. so he has been particularly tough on golf. he has basically dismantled a lot of golf course as cross china and he banned members of the chinese communist party from playing golf. i don't think we'll see him on the links like we saw rand paul or aib frbe from japan earlier. >> how do you suppose the president of china deals with donald trump our president in the u.s. differently than with president obama? ? >> well in, the pace of president obama, president obama was quite seasoned as president by the time xi became head of china. and so the initial meetings it was xi who was the rookie in effect. and he was feeling his sayway along. now we have a much more
confident xi who is going to be in power for a number of years. he's just strengthened himself with party conference. set pro. he's very sophisticated about these issues. and it's donald trump who comes in and basically as the rookie. i think the chinese are quite confident. they have spent a the love time preparing for this meeting. they put a lot of stock in this relationship. and i think that president trump's going find it as tough as he can sometimes get in his rhetoric. he is dealing with a very, very tough hombre in president xi. >> going back to north korea, we remember that north korea fired off some missile tests back when the prime minister of japan was at mar-a-lago. do you anticipate they may try to do the same here? >> that's an interesting questioning. they would -- they might. it's hard to say that they would. i'm not sure they want to pull the tail of the chinese. i think it's more likely that they'll have the opening rounds
of conversations around north korea and trade. and tend of the meeting, president xi doll something very smart and that is he will announce china is investing in the infrastructure of the united states. you know, you had someone come over earlier and promise one million new jobs in the united states. that, of course, would make trump look good coming out of the meeting. i think we're much more likely to see that kind of outcome. >> all right. david, always good to talk to you. we really appreciate your time. >> thanks, anna. >> china's president will visit at the same time another major international issue hang officials the trump white house. the federal investigation over how much if any last year's presidential election was influenced by russia. today the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee was on cnn and talked about concerns he has with steps taken by his committee chairman. >> you do you think this was ab the president's claim about or -
obama wiretapping him at trump you to cher obviously this does not prove. but to cover for that or an attempt to distract as you're suggesting? >> it certainly is an attempt to distract and to hide the origin of the materials, to hide the white house hand. the question, is of course, why? and i think the answer to the question is this effort to point the congress in other directions. basically say don't look at me. don't look at russia. there's nothing to see here. you know, i would tell people whenever they see the president use the word fake, it ought to set off alarm bells. and i think that's really what's gone on here. >> now you signed a letter with chairman nunes about three weeks ago asking the intelligence community about unmasking. that's when someone picked up in surveillance is named by official name and not just citizen a in intelligence reports. i guess the question that nunes is suggest we go should be asking in the media, who
unmasked the trump advisors and it is possible that any of the unmaskings whack done for political reasons enstinstid of legitimate ones? >> kint talk about as i mentioned the contentsive in documents. at this point i can't say whether anything was masked or unmasked improperly. i can say this. in the ordinary course of what we do as an oversight committee, we look at these issues. if the white house had any concern about whether minimumization was used properlily or unmasking was used properly or if there was improper incidental collection or how it was hand ld that, led material that should be given us to in the ordinary course of affairs. the only reason to do that again is if you want to hide where these materials are really coming from and who's behind it. and i think, you know, part of the reason why that was done is this effort to deflect attention from the russia investigation.
to raise other issues to create a cloud through which the public cannot see what's at stake here. and what's at stake here is a foreign intervention in our election, very serious issue about whether u.s. persons were involved. investigation is being conducted by the fbi into possible coordination with the trump campaign. that is really, i think, among the most serious business the country has to do right now. and the white house seems to be doing everything it can to point in other direction anz say do not look here. there is nothing to see here. >> that was california democrat adam schiff, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee. our thanks to him for joining cnn this morning. ahead in the newsroom, a coverstial decision. congress repeals internet privacy protections. the goal, to create an equal playing field s this good for consumers? i'll ask republican marcia blackburn next. plus, supreme court showdown. will with this week's vote on
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and an yashgs i appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about it. the action we took last week with the privacy cra did not do anything to change any of the existing law. privacy protections that were in place last year, last month, last week today, tomorrow are -- they're going to be there. they push back and keep from being implemented to a rule. run rule that had been approved. >> how about -- >> correct me if i'm wrong. i don't mean to interrupt you. but to make sure that our viewers are clear, as i understand it, that rule essentially said internet service providers initially would have to ask consumers or those using the internet if it were okay for them to essentially spend our internet habits an sell those habits. >> right. and it applied to the internet
service providers. that's exactly right. and that is your verizon or at&t or comcast or charter, whom ever. you get your internet service from. what it did not do is have anything to do with your googles or facebooks or what are called edge providers. and those are the ones that with your browsing history, you know, when you log on to the internet on a -- you don't have pop-ups come up. that is when you hit facebook or the web browser or something. that comes up. what we want to do is to strengthen consumer froectipro s and make certain that consumes have the toolbox that is necessary for them to protect themselves in the virtual space. and we will get right back at this. we've had -- we've tried to pass legislation for the past couple of years dealing with data security and privacy. and we hope that our friends
across the aisle will join us in doing that. and strengthening these protections. but here's the back story. >> how does that -- >> the internet service providers don't need to ask permission anymore to sell your information. >> that's not it. you don't need two regulators. the isps with what is covered there with the fcc, the federal communications commission, the traditional regulator of our privacy, both in the fiscal space and the virtual space has been the federal trade commission. and that is where that responsibility should lie. and theret ones who should have the jurisdiction. when you have two different agencies doing a job and you get confusion, what you end up with is lack of clarity and consumers are going to have less protection. do we want to make certain that they're going to be protected? absolutely. do we want to see more companies
and providers use an opt in instead of an opt out system? absolutely. i'm an enormous proponent of that. >> okay. >> we want individuals to be safe on line. what we don't need is two regulators going after the same thing. so let's -- let's get started on it. >> i'm hearing you stla was a redund ancy to the system. >> you've got it. that's right. >> now -- >> get clarity. >> the critics of the action that was taken by republicans, yourself included this week, pointed out that telecom industry made generous donations to your campaign over the years. how much have telecom companies donated to your campaign? >> i don't know how much they have donated. the thing is it doesn't really matter. what does matter is doing the right thing for my constituents and for the american people. and making certain that they have the ability to protect themselves and that they know --
they own their information online. that they are in charge of their information. and i refer to it, anna, as the virtual view. and we want individuals to have control over that information and we want them to know who does own that information. who does have access to that information? and it always, whether it's financial information, health information, the individual needs to be the person that controls it and owns that information. that is my goal. i think that's the goal of most individuals. >> so the center for responsive politics, a research group who tracks money in politics says you received close to $546,000 from the telecom industry over the course of your career. that seems like a lot of money. you are saying that had no influence on your vote? >> no. my work has centered around protecting privacy.
and congressman peter welch out of vermont and i spent two years chairing the privacy working group in congress and working on legislation. like i say, we would love for the democrats to join us in pushing it forward. >> why didn't any democrats join oun this legislation? >> you know, we were disappointed they didn't because last may you had a group of democrats that wrote then chairman wheeler at the fcc and opposed their moving forward. with this specific rule that we took that down so we could keep it from being implemented and have a clean slate to start working from. so you're right. you know, they had opposed it. and then they came out to oppose recalling the rule and so we would have loved for them to have joined us. and we would really like for them now to be working with us so that consumers have all the protections that are necessary
in that virtual space. and we will work through this issue. we are hopeful that we'll be able to move back these net neutrality rules and reclassification of the internet service from an information service. the last fcc have retitled it as a title two service. we would like to see that recinded. and what we want to do is make certain that the federal trade commission who has the historical knowledge, the expertise, the administrative oversight and consistency for handling privacy, as i said both in the physical space and the online space that they can continue to have the legislative authority and the statutes in place. and are able to punish those that abuse an individual's personal identifying information in the virtual space.
>> okay. congre congresswoman marcia blackburn, we appreciate your time. >> good to be with you. i'm cheering for my mississippi state women to win this ball game tonight, anna. >> go underdogs. they definitely already have -- >> you got it. we may be the underdogs but i think they're going to win. >> thank you for joining us. up next, can one photo change the mind of americans when it comes to illegal immigrants and their contribution to the united states? up next, a woman who took a chance showing her face and her taxes to make a powerful point. your live in the cnn newsroom. at whole foods market, we believe in food that's naturally beautiful, fresh and nutritious. so there are no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives in any of the food we sell.
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>> yeah. i mean, i have been paying taxes for the past four years. i think that in the moment that we are right now historically and politically we need to start standing up more than ever. we are in danger. we don't know if tomorrow we can still be here, especially with deferred action, the dock up program. it could be taken away. and our president needs to start showing us who he is. he is running this country. we deserve to know. he needs to stop scapegoating immigrants and showing us that we're the problem and just start fixing problems and stop being zenophobic. >> did you anticipate the reaction you got or just a few close friends would see? >> i didn't expect it to go viral at all. that was not my intention. my intention was to spread awareness and start a conversation. i think that many people in this country have no idea what immigrants are going through at this time. and it needed to be said. it needed to be heard.
i was telling the truth. the people who didn't like it just could not handle it. i challenged everything that they've ever known. and that's the reason why it sparked such controversy, i think. >> do you regret at all putting yourself out there or do you worry about possible reprecushions? >> i will not let myself live in fear. that's the people who sent me these messages want me to sit down and shut up and not stand up for the rights of immigrants. woin i won't allow them to do. that i think it's important more than ever for people who feel empowered to empower others and bring unity and for us to continue to resist this presidency. >> can you read more on her story on cnn.com. >> was he a loyal follower or
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priebus, mike shields. mayor michael nutter, to you first. a third democrat announced he'll support gorsuch. wanlt to read a little bit of the statement we got from senator joe donnelly. it reads in part after meeting with judge gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of the record and closely following his hearings before the senate judiciary committee, i believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and his well respected among his peers. what does this do to the democrats' fight to stop judge go gorsuch's confirmation? >> every senator regardless of party will exercise their right to vote the way they decide that they want to vote. at the same time, i think earlier today and in the past week or so, leader schumer haas has been very, very clear of the majority of democrats positioned and is indicating that it is highly unlikely that there will
be a 60 votes for judge gorsuch. so it is shaping up to be, as usual, a pretty dramatic situation involving anything with the trump administration. >> to get to that number 60, republicans would need eight democrats to come on over and vote yes right now. we count three who have committed on the record say they will vote for judge gorsuch. i want you all to listen to what vice president mike pence had to say today about what republicans have to do to get gorsuch through. >> for the sake of our supreme court, for the sake of our country, for the sake of our constitution, we will overcome the obstructionists and the united states senate will confirm judge neil gorsuch one way or the other. >> you heard mike shields, the vice president just use the word obstructionist to describe the democrats here. but remember what republicans did when they refused to bring president obama's nominee to a vote? >> yeah. look, i mean, i think what we're
watching is chuck shum eastern the democratic party leadership doing irrepairable harm to the democratic party. there were a number of democratic senators who initially came out and said, you know what? we probably shouldn't go -- force the nuclear option to happen. we should support judge gorsuch because he is a mainstream judge. and so they know that there is nothing about his qualifications, nothing about him as a juryist that there is any reason for them to oppose him. this is purely politics. this is about opposing president trump. so they're going to now have something that sun precedented. they're going to force the nuclear option to happen in the senate. even the most controversial senator that's been approved which was clarence thomas was a 52-48 vote. vote was allowed to happen. you have a number of senators getting stranded. this is going to be used against them and the campaign next year because their party is driving them over the cliff. a party that right now we don't know what it stands for. i don't know if anyone can describe to me anything that
democratic party actually stands for other than opposing president trump and they're doing it so much that they're even going to force the nuclear option, unprecedented. never happened before in the history of the senate. >> i have to jump in here. the question was about the word obstructionist. remember when mayor gar land was nominated by president obama and he didn't even get a chance to have a vote. >> that also would have been unprecedented. we never had a justice confirmed in an election year before. >> that's not true. >> democrats were asking for somebody -- >> mike, that's not true. the supreme court seat was on the ballot in november. that part of the election. >> no there was a president on the ball loot. >> if the democrats want to do this as a spiteful vendetta, then the voters will see that and senators like joen joe donnelly that want to win an election going to be hung out to drive by chuck schumer forcing this to happen as opposed to moving on, letsing the president have the nominee and not forcing something that never happened before in the united states
senate to happen. and the democrats are going to have to live with the democrats of forcing this to happen. >> all right, you get a chance to respond. >> we're clearly still in a fact free environment. you know for a fact that what you said is just said is not true. six different justices were confirmed in presidential years. it was unprecedented that judge gar la garland didn't even get the zeen sieve a hearing fuchlt don't like the justice, then vote against him. if you want to talk about unprecedented, i went a long, long way down that road. we'll see what happens. every senator has a right to vote their conscience. he's not in the mainstream. he voted for corporate interests. he's voted against the interests of employees siding on for employers. and is nowhere near the mainstream. that seat was stolen. ricky henlder son didn't steal a base achz as you stole that particular seat and you know it will. >> mayor, it is politically wise to keep up p the fight at this point? because as mike just pointed
out, there is the nuclear option and republicans have already said they're going to use it. so is it time to cut the losses and fight another day here? >> i think some republicans are reluctant to have a nuclear option f president was serious about putting forward someone who is mainstream, then he would have worked with, both sides of the senate and have that kind of conversation. so no one is forcing them to do anything. and honestly, anna, if you're talking about someone getting on the supreme court, seven of the eight sitting justices got at least 60 votes. and so this is not, you know, some local office here. this is the supreme court of the united states of america. if you can't get 60 votes, you probably should put up a different justice. >> gentlemen, we'll leave it. there you're both back us with in the next hour. thank you so much, michael nutter, mayor michael nutter and mike shields. we appreciate it. coming up, a tragic accident claim the life of a teenage boy in michigan. 14 others hospitalized after simply spending time at a hotel pool.
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this is cnn, the most trusted name in news. we're getting some new details about the conditions of several kids who were hospitalized after going swimming in a hotel pool in southern michigan. officials think they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. they were found unconscious around an indoor pool at a quality inn. one 13-year-old boy did not survive. let's bring in rachel crane who has been following this story. how did it happen? >> officials are saying a faulty pool heater is to blame for this horrible incident. they say when they got on scene they did not see carbon monoxide detectors in the pool area. of course, first responders tested the carbon monoxide levels when they got there and found them 800 parts per million. to give you a sense how high it
is, u.s. standards for carbon monoxide are 35 parts per million for one hour of exposure. that can kill someone in two to three hours and that's unfortunately what happened here. in this case, 15 people were taken to the hospital. eight of those people were pediatric patients. one person remains in the hospital. she is an employee of the hotel, but we're told she is in good condition. all of the children have been released from the hospital. take a listen to what one of the boys who nearly lost his life had to say. >> i was out of the pool and i passed out. and i hit my head. the police officer had helped us and saved our life. >> now, police at this point have identified the young man who lost his life. his name is brian douglas waites and he was 13 years old. >> i can't help but think of my own kids who, of course, love to swim when we go on vacation. we hit the pool right away. >> right. >> has there been a response
from the hotel? >> there has about a response. initially when it happened they evacuated the hotel. they put out a statement saying they're working closely with local officials to manage the situation. our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our guests. anna, at this point the hotel is still closed as this investigation continues. >> all right. rachel crane, thanks for the update. we will be right back. kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin trusted advice for life. kevin, how's your mom? life well planned. see what a raymond james financial advisor can do for you.
p a lovely shot of the nation's capitol tonight. beautiful weather. aren't they lucky? a lot of people thinking baseball this weekend, watching to see whether the chicago cubs will defend their historic world series title as we begin another season of major league baseball. on this opening day, fans, celebrities and politicians are packing stadiums to celebrate
america's favorite pastime with one notable exception. here is cnn's jake tapper ♪ take me out to the ball game >> reporter: not this year. president trump declined the washington national's invitation to throw out the ceremoniual first pitch on opening day. he cited scheduling conflicts. a surprising decision from the new commander in chief who discovered america's pastime long before he discovered the board room. >> did you know you were going into this business? >> no, i wanted to be a baseball player. >> reporter: that was no child fantasy, he was a star player at the military academy. he was once even scouted by the phillys. >> i was captain of the baseball team. i was supposed to be a professional baseball player. fortunately i decided to go into real estate instead. >> reporter: he has stepped up to the mound for the cubs, the red sox and his beloved yankees. even the leader of the free world apparently gets nervous when he goes into his wind up. george h.w. bush, a college
baseball star at yale, was visibly upset after a wide pitch at orioles opening day in 1992. bill clinton took note and tried to avoid the same fate in 1996. >> i practiced for a week before then. i went out and i paced off the distance in the backyard of the white house. most of my practice pitches were much better. i think i was a little nervous. >> reporter: one of george w. bush's most unforgettable moments at president came at the 2001 world series in new york just weeks after the attacks on america. >> the gravity of the moment never really hit me until the first step coming out of the dug out. standing on the mound of yankee stadium was by far the most nervous moment of my presidency. >> reporter: so in this long history of presidential pitches, started by taft, how will trump stack up? well, perhaps we'll find out next season.
that was jake tapper. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. starts now. ♪ -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm anika cabrera in the "cnn newsroom." president trump is turning up the heat as he prepares for the first face-to-face meeting with china's leader. the president telling the financial times today, if china is not going to solve north korea, we will. he will host the chinese president at his mar-a-lago resort this week. it comes as the cloud of the russia investigation continues to hangover the trump administration. new revelations this weekend show trump's former national security adviser michael flynn failed to initially disclose thousands of dollars in russian speaking fees. let's talk it over with cnn's ryan nobles at the white house and matt rivers in beijing. ryan, we will start with the